Historic Hart House with Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc

Historic Hart House with Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc The Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc (VRAHS) promotes an understanding and appreciation of West Georgia's cultural heritage-past, present & future.
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VRAHS, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (NPO). We are actively centered on philanthropic goals, social well-being and educational activities serving the public interest and common good.

Mission: The Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc., a private not-for-profit organization founded in 2016, is dedicated to the study and appreciation of all aspects of the history of West Georgia, through educational programs, research, archeological projects, preservation advocacy and the collection and preservation of fine arts, decorative arts, archeological objects, printed and manuscript materials and maps, costumes and weaponry, and historic artifacts related to the heritage of our ancestors. The community we serve, includes residents, school and college students and visitors to the community, businesses and governmental agencies in the area, members of VRAHS, scholars of the history and pre-history of the community, scholars of American history, art historians and the general public. The purpose of VRAHS is: (1) to collect and preserve artifacts, objects, publications, photographs and other documentary materials related to local, ethnic and family history; prior to and after European settlement; (2) to disseminate information about the history of the community through exhibits, educational programs and publications based on VRAHS’s collections; (3) to maintain a research library of past and current literature on the history of our community; and (4) to encourage the preservation of the archeological, historical, and architectural heritage of West Georgia. To achieve these purposes VRAHS hopes to carry out a broad program of activities including: maintenance of a museum and library at the Hart House, with permanent, changing exhibits, educational programs; lectures; publications; preservation of the Society’s future collections and archival materials; research on the history of Villa Rica and other West Georgia locations; landmark identifications; and cooperation with other local historical societies and organizations.

Operating as usual

Draketown Tragedy
01/10/2020

Draketown Tragedy

Monument in Draketown has some issues. This 15 foot white, marble obelisk monument with the thunderball sphere at the top, which was dedicated to Alice Stewart, the first woman martyr of prohibition, has foundation problems.

Not bad. We are just tempted to ignore that the water from the driveway and road has compromised the concrete and dirt underneath on the right front and back corner at the base. Looks like it is sitting up in the air, slightly. It will take a long time for water to wash enough to cause the monument problems. Looks like water has washed around the base. A group of us from the historical society went up this morning to take photos and evaluate. We think some concrete added to the right front and back corners will help any future problems. We also think a dump-truck load of soil, 1/2 in front and 1/2 to the right side will stop further erosion at the base. Just sharing. We are working on this. PM ideas or offers to help. Thanks.

Come see our booth tomorrow.
09/06/2019

Come see our booth tomorrow.

05/13/2019

Its time for the Villa Rica Area Historical Society meeting!!!!!
Thursday at 6:00pm. In the Masonic Lodge beside the Villa Rica Police Department.
We will discuss a design for our new T-shirts
List of possible homes for the National Historic Registry.
A Discussion of possible people to interview for records.
Also, upcoming events.
I hope to see new faces and hear the old history.

1955
04/26/2019

1955

11/28/2018

Thank you for your purchase of the limited edition Calendar Mrs. Darlene Dorfler.
Mrs. Darlene Dorfler is the grand-daughter of James Rufus Hart Sr. who was the youngest son of Charles Stillwell Hart and Mary Antoinette Hart.

Below is the colorized version of the classic photo of the Hart House after the last renovation and before it was moved ...
10/28/2018

Below is the colorized version of the classic photo of the Hart House after the last renovation and before it was moved on August 31, 2016.

Mayor Jeff Reese from 2016 - 2019
10/25/2018

Mayor Jeff Reese from 2016 - 2019

Get an early start on Christmas shopping with the Villa Rica Area Historical Society.

Purchase their "Limited Edition 2019 Historical Homes and Structures Calendar." Each page has a suitable-for-framing historical photo of an old home or building in the area.

Send a check for $22 to Villa Rica Area Historical Society P. O. Box 2185 Villa Rica, GA 30180.

Include your phone number. They will call you and make arrangements where you can pick up your calendar, in Villa Rica.

Included are: the W. H. Malone home; the Maxwell Home; the Fielder Home; the Marchman-Connally Home; the Hart House; the Teal Home, Judge John Velvin's Home, Dorough's Round Barn and Wick's Tavern all in Villa Rica. From Temple are the McCollister Home and the Cobb-Kittle Home; from Draketown is Dr. W. F. Goldin’s Home."

Charles Stillwell and family.This photo is missing the wife and mother, Mary "Nettie" Chambers Hart. She died in 1891 an...
10/09/2018

Charles Stillwell and family.
This photo is missing the wife and mother, Mary "Nettie" Chambers Hart. She died in 1891 and the youngest son was born in 1891. Nine of their eleven children are pictured here. Second from the left on the back row is probably a daughter-in-law. The husband is holding a picture, which does not show up here, probably of "Nettie."

10/04/2018

Bessie Hart was the eighth child of James Madison Hart and Martha Vella Wright Hart. She was born in Paulding County, Georgia on Dec 7, 1890. She received her formal education in the county schools. On Dec 30, 1911 in Paulding County, she married Charles Grady Cooper (b. Nov 28, 1886 in Paulding County, GA, son of James B Cooper and LeDora Stockley Cooper). Charles Grady died May 13, 1912 as a result of a hunting accident. He is buried at Bethany Christian Church cemetery in Paulding County, with his parents and brother, James Grover Cooper who died May 14, 1912 injured in the same hunting accident.
Bessie's second marriage was to Worthy Lloyd Harkness (who had been married first to Lizzie Teal, sister to Loon Teal and Sue Teal, the spouses of other siblings). Their only child was born Nov 19, 1921 in Birmingham, AL. Six weeks later, Bessie Hart Harkness died of tuberculosis on Jan 5, 1922. Bessie is buried on the Cooper lot beside her first husband in Bethany Christian Church Cemetery, Paulding County. GA. Her tombstone reads:
Bessie Cooper nee Harkness
Dau. of J. M. Hart
Dec. 7, 1890, Jan. 5, 1922
"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."

Excerpt from "The Descendents of James Madison Hart" compiled by Dorothy E. Hart 1993

10/03/2018

Thank you to our newest member of VRAHS, INC. Nancy Stolz-Jeffares.

Hart Drug Company. Temple, Georgia. ca. 1940
10/03/2018

Hart Drug Company. Temple, Georgia. ca. 1940

09/27/2018

Tanner Hosptial is adding a new wing that will have a few Historical Items in some of the rooms. They are looking for the following photos.
Deadline is October 25th. If anyone has any photos let us know. Thank You.
Villa Rica main street (scene from 1930s, 1940s, 1950s or 1960s). Ideal size is approx. 36” x 42” horizontal.
-Greyhound bus station (where the Hangar consignment shop is now – 106 S. Carroll Road). - Ideal size is approx. 8.5”x11”.
-Bank of Villa Rica (on main street – 1899 to 1996). Ideal size is approx. 8.5”x11”.
-Façade of Berry Pharmacy - Ideal size is approx. 8.5”x11”.
-Fullerville mill - Ideal size is approx. 8.5”x11”.

09/24/2018

Would you like to become a member?

09/24/2018

Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 2185, Villa Rica, GA 30180 E-mail: [email protected]

__ Regular membership - $25.00

__ Family membership - $40.00

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Please include your name, address, e-mail and telephone number with your membership dues so we can keep you informed of meetings and events.

Please E-Mail questions or comments to Villa Rica Area Historical Society, Inc. @ [email protected].

VRAHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank You for your contribution.
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Membership dues and donations can be mailed to :

VRAHS, Inc.
P. O. Box 2185
Villa Rica, GA.
30180

Early Taverns/Hotels.
09/20/2018

Early Taverns/Hotels.

09/19/2018

Villa Rica Area Historical Society, inc will be at The Temple Founders Day Inside the Senior center we will several photos to display and info on Marchman-Connally Home. Please be on the lookout for a new and upcoming page Marchman-Connally Home with the Villa Rica Area Historical Society. Help us save it!

We had four visitors at tonight's VRAHS meeting, some from the Connally family; Elaine Bailey, Sarah Pitts and Amy Stree...
09/19/2018

We had four visitors at tonight's VRAHS meeting, some from the Connally family; Elaine Bailey, Sarah Pitts and Amy Streeter did a presentation on the Genealogy and shared many photos of the Marchman-Connally house and family. Several albums of old photos were shared.

Don't forget the History Meeting Tomorrow at 7pm. At the Villa Rica Masonic Lodge off 110 Main Street. The white buildin...
09/17/2018

Don't forget the History Meeting Tomorrow at 7pm. At the Villa Rica Masonic Lodge off 110 Main Street. The white building beside the police department. Below are some photos that will be on display plus more!

The fate of the Hart House will be decided soon. Tonight at the City Council meeting Tuesday, 7/31/18, there will be an ...
07/31/2018

The fate of the Hart House will be decided soon. Tonight at the City Council meeting Tuesday, 7/31/18, there will be an announcement on the rezoning. The Villa Rica Area Historical Society, formed in April of 2016, has had a vision for the last two years that the Hart House become a “Villa Rica History Center”. This repository for historical data would include rare historical documents, old photos, and genealogy, contributed by Carroll Countians, then preserved and made available to the public.

This restored historical structure could also be used as a community center for events and meetings. Located on the corner of Highway 78 and North Van Wert Road, these grounds are accessible to the locals being still within the city limits and adjacent to a major hub of the citizens of Villa Rica.
Our vision is not necessarily focused on making money for Villa Rica but to bring in tourists to this former plantation site. Beginning with a nature trail over the original Native American path, this area could be one not only to preserve history but to connect people to each other as well as to the past.

The fate of the Hart House will be decided soon. Tonight  at the City Council meeting Tuesday, 7/31/18, there will be an...
07/31/2018

The fate of the Hart House will be decided soon. Tonight at the City Council meeting Tuesday, 7/31/18, there will be an announcement on the rezoning. The Villa Rica Area Historical Society, formed in April of 2016, has had a vision for the last two years that the Hart House become The VILLA RICA HISTORY CENTER”. This depository for historical data would include rare historical documents, old photos and genealogy, preserved yet available to the public. This restored historical structure could also be used as a community center for events and meetings. Located on the corner of Highway 78 and North Van Wert Road, these grounds are accessible to the locals being still within the city limits and adjacent to a major hub of the citizens of Villa Rica.
Our vision is not necessarily focused on making money for Villa Rica but to bring in tourists to this former plantation site. Beginning with a nature trail over the original Native American path, this area could be one not only to preserve history but to connect people to each other as well as to the past.

This author has shared many Hart House photos and stories...
03/17/2018
Georgia on My Mind

This author has shared many Hart House photos and stories...

Amazing Georgia images, history, personal interest, and travel stories written and/or compiled by author Lisa Land Cooper

"Castle on the Hill"
02/26/2018

"Castle on the Hill"

The Hart Family of Carroll County
09/28/2017

The Hart Family of Carroll County

For The Love Of Old Houses
08/04/2017

For The Love Of Old Houses

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c.1860. $179,500!! 2,224 square feet. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths on 3.5 acres. Large Colonial home on 3.5 acre parcel. New kitchen cabinets as well as gas stove. Beautiful refinished hard wood floors. Close to shopping and city park. This is a must see this property. Deer are frequent visitors.For More Information: Karen Martin Brown AGENTOWNED REALTY 843 709 4029 **BE SURE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU SAW IT POSTED ON FOR THE LOVE OF OLD HOUSES FACEBOOK PAGE**For Sale: $179,500!
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National Trust for Historic Preservation
06/25/2017
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Simply put, “historic” means “old and worth the trouble.” It applies to a building that’s part of a community’s tangible past. And though it may surprise cynics, old buildings can offer opportunities for a community’s future.

Here is a bit of history...
06/09/2017

Here is a bit of history...

Today in History........
The boundaries of Carroll County were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, 1826, but the county was not named until December 14, 1826. It was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, at that time the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, as was Carrollton, the county seat.

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P.O. Box 2185
Villa Rica, GA
30180

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(678) 243-8144

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My mom and dad owned this house from 1985 to about 2009. The upstairs bedrooms had been boarded up for over 50 years and my dad and mom lovingly restored it as the "family home". I'm so glad it's been saved.
Hi. Does anyone have pics or have information on the Evans family from Villa Rica around the mid 1800s? Thanks.